A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

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A Boy in Winter Read Online Free - From the award-winning author of the Booker Prize short-listed The Dark Room a startling portrait of the Nazis' arrival in Ukraine as they move to implement the final solution.

Otto Pohl, an engineer overseeing construction of a German road in Ukraine, awakens to the unexpected sight of SS men herding hundreds of Jews into an old brick factory . . .

Inside the factory, Ephraim anxiously scans the growing crowd, looking for his two sons. As anxious questions swirl around him "Where are they taking us? How long will we be gone?" he can't quell the suspicion that it would be just like his oldest son to hole up somewhere instead of lining up for the Germans, and just like his youngest to follow . . .

Yasia, a farmer's daughter who has come into town to sell produce, sees two young boys slinking through the shadows of the deserted streets and decides to offer them shelter . . .

As these lives become more and more intertwined Rachel Seiffert's prose rich with a rare compassion, courage, and emotional depth, an unflinching story is told: of survival, of conflicting senses of duty, of the oppressive power of fear and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

Title : A Boy in Winter
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ISBN : 0307908836
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

I held my breath at one point a little more than halfway through this short but extremely powerful story. I was stunned, perhaps expecting it, but not ready for it. Who could be, really ? Certainly not the crowd of Jews rounded up by the Nazis in this small town in Ukraine in 1941 as the German o...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

The Ukraine, 1941, the Germans arrive to round up the Jews, and five different characters will be caught up in the horror and terror of these days. A young girl from the countryside trying to locate her boyfriend, two Jewish boys who run away rather than reporting to the warehouse as the Germans...

Dem rated it ★★★☆☆

August 17, 2017

3.5 Stars Beautifully written, vivid prose that is effective in its storytelling as it is in its depiction of war and its ugliness. A boy in winter is a novel set in the Ukraine in 1941 after the retreat of the Soviet Army and the arrival of the German Soldiers who are greeted by the peasants wi...

Lewis rated it ★★★★★

November 04, 2017

This is a powerful story told in superb fashion. Seiffert manages to bring forward many aspects of German brutality against Jews and others in the Ukraine shortly after the invasion of Russia. Her choice of characters to present the story is outstanding, her prose is spare yet descriptive (not a...

Jill rated it ★★★☆☆

July 17, 2017

The sheer barbarity and unthinkable horror of the Holocaust begs a question: how should literary writers, most of whom were not alive in those times, portray such a heinous event in literature? Some use their art to transcend the Holocaust and prove that in the arc of history, art will always tru...

Claire rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

I really enjoyed the clear, sparse writing, and the descriptions of the landscape, especially towards the end of the book. It was in the final third that it really picked up for me, even though sometimes I felt I wanted more focus on particular characters. The horrors of what happened in the Ukra...

Annette rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

Possibly the best thing I've read this year. Clean, clear writing that was an uncomplicated pleasure to read. The story itself is heartrending and compellingly good, at times unputdownable if extremely disturbing in places. Highly recommend.

Terri rated it ★★★★☆

August 13, 2017

A Boy in Winter takes place in a small Ukrainian town overrun by the Nazis early in World War II. We follow the story through the eyes of Ephraim, a Jewish optician rounded up by the SS; Otto Pohl, a German engineer trying to avoid knowledge of or participation in atrocities; Yasia, a 17-year old...

Cynthia rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2017

It's plain to me shy Seiffert was long listed for the Booker. Her writing is elegant and haunting at once. Some parts of this World War Two drama were horrific but Seiffert takes it down a notch so the inevitable goings on such as a round up of Ukrainian citizens by the occupying German army almo...

Eric rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2017

Whenever I read a description of another new novel dealing with The Holocaust I feel a little twinge of uncertainty. Despite being one of the most horrific acts of genocide in the past century it’s a subject that’s been covered in countless novels. Is there anything new to say about this atrocity...

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